Every salon claims that their tanning formula is one-of-a-kind. But at Unique Tan, it's actually true—owner Sherrie Lee Meredith developed it herself. Her signature spray-tanning blend, Unique Excellence, tints skin with a paraben-free solution of organic aloe vera, berry essences, and a firming serum to stave off the signs of aging. The formula also contains erythrulose, which can produce a longer-lasting bronze glow, and, because it's alcohol-free, helps keep skin moisturized and streak-free. The salon's Smart Tan–certified staff uses this in both automated booths and custom airbrushing sessions, which harness the steady hand of a tanning artist to ensure tans completely cover skin and finally even the score with haughty bronze statues.
The salon also offers traditional UV-tanning beds, which contain comfort-adding amenities such as air conditioning, aromatherapy, adjustable facial bulbs, and easy-to-follow voice instructions. Clients can enhance their tans with the salon's line of tan-accelerating products, which extend the life of each tan by keeping skin moisturized and healthy.
You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as eight minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques with Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain dangerous UV rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. The tone-savvy staff can also help customers choose the instant-tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.
Helmed by board-certified specialists, Facial Aesthetic Concepts was recently recognized as the Best Place for a Nip and Tuck in the Orange County Register's 2010 Best Of Orange County and enacts glowing dermises with a variety of services. Fit for any skin type, the seasonal signature facial fortifies human fabrics with a blend of deep pore cleansing, steam, exfoliation, and gentle-cycle hydration. Meanwhile, the ultimate one-hour chemical peel exorcises the specters of dead surface cells to help halt acne, rosacea, stage productions of Casper, and sun damage. Safe and effective laser systems penetrate the cheeks in the full-frame photofacial (IPL), which works to stimulate collagen production, mend broken capillaries, and minimize hyperpigmentation.
The Men’s Room puts a contemporary spin on the traditional barbershop with a slew of modernly macho services. For overgrown scalp grass, the gentleman’s cut and finish ($30) coddles head blades in a sea of hot lather before mowing them into precision with a straight razor, leaving behind a tailored dude 'do. Jowl fuzz, cheek fluff, and mustache disguise glasses will be removed to reveal true identities after 45 minutes spent in steamy bliss during the classic shave ($35), which includes hot lather, a light facial, and a skin-quenching moisturizer. The Men’s Room’s also sheds light on otherwise-neglected manscapes, offering bristle banishment from the brows ($15), chest ($45+), back ($45+), and nose ($10). A 60-minute relaxation massage ($80) soothes pinched pressure points and boosts muscle flexibility for spontaneous Twister cage-matches.
A professional, affable fleet of 32 licensed massage therapists accentuate the calming atmosphere and warm vibe at The Knotstop, an independent firm focused on unwinding tangled corpuses with attentive care. Each master muscle manipulator will handedly perform whichever of the two 60-minute massage types you choose. The popular Swedish massage uses long, continuous strokes, kneading, and friction to liberate shackled muscle tissues, promoting relaxation and improved circulation. If fiery stress deposits reach down into the core, consider the deep-tissue massage, which targets buried and chronic tensions with slow, intense strokes, restoring flexibility and range of motion. Soak away the worries that have lodged themselves in the nooks of your joints and the crooks of your connective tissues, while inhaling a bouquet of soothing, therapeutic scents afforded by aromatherapy, which piques the nostrils and the mind after a triumphant kneading.